Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Posted July 6, 2014

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Genres: YA
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Hazel is a teenager, a teenager who is terminal. Despite some tumour-reducing medication she knows she is going to die.

Her parents removed her from school a while ago and really they are her best friends. They want her to be more like a ‘normal’ teenager, to make more friends. This is why she goes to the Cancer Kid Support Group, to please them. One day though a ‘hot’ boy, Augustus, appears at the group and her ‘normal’ teenage journey begins.

Like Hazel, Augustus has suffered from cancer. In fact he has lost most of one leg to the disease, so he knows, more-or-less, what Hazel is going through. They immediately hit if off and Hazel finds that her life includes a new best friend. A new best friend who loves her and wants to make her dreams come true.

The quote from Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief (if you haven’t read it you should), on the front cover reads

YOU LAUGH, YOU CRY, AND THEN YOU COME BACK FOR MORE.

Seldom have I found a quote on a book cover that is so accurate.

I freely admit that I didn’t think I’d read this, at least not now, as it seems that everyone and their granny has fallen in love with this book. As ever the popularity of the book put me off reading. However I’ve come to realise that perhaps I should have more faith in the human race; so many folk can’t be wrong!

After hubby devoured this book I knew it must be worth reading. Well, as Zusak says, I laughed, I cried and I came back for more.

I loved the characters of both Hazel and Gus. I loved the dynamic of their relationship, I loved that they were wise beyond their years. They made me stop, think and evaluate. They also made me cry. Despite those tears I couldn’t stop reading! My lovely husband delivered tissues to me as I lay on the sofa in tears turning page after page.

Regular readers know that I don’t like to follow the crowd or give in the to the hype, but seriously guys in this case it is worth it! I highly recommend reading this fantastic novel, particularly before you watch the film!

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